by Kavita Jaikissoon

Whether or not you’re originally from the U.S., there is a good chance that you’ve heard about the city of Brooklyn.

The Brooklyn that everyone knows is a vibrant community known for its artisan shops, fashion, high-rises, waterfront views, and an active nightlife.

With its lively atmosphere, Brooklyn has become the official meeting place for hipsters. Besides being a hipsters’ paradise, there is another side of Brooklyn that you won’t see unless you are a resident.

Brooklyn has more than its fair share of poverty; according to Founder and President of the Brooklyn Community Foundation Marilyn Gelber,

“We have more poor people in Brooklyn than the entire population of Detroit, and we have more people on food stamps than the entire population of Washington, D.C.”

With the high cost of rent, it is understandable that many people are struggling to find their next meal. In response to this, the angels came to help.

The North Brooklyn Coalition of Neighbors Helping Neighbors or the North Brooklyn Angels is a non-profit organization that started in June of 2017. The organization provides free hot meals to areas in Williamsburg, Greenpoint, and Bushwick.

The North Brooklyn Angels prepare the meals in a community kitchen in the Parish Hall of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church. A mobile soup kitchen then delivers the meals to areas in need.

The goal of the North Brooklyn Angels is to give residents an opportunity to volunteer and help their neighbors. The North Brooklyn Angels provide residents with an invaluable experience to make a difference in someone else’s life.

Despite being a non-profit organization, the North Brooklyn Angels have not applied for any grants from the government. Instead, they rely on donations and volunteers to support the program.

Members of the community donate all the ingredients to make the meals. These same members also prepare the meals, help with inventory, transport food, gather donations, and recruit other volunteers. On average, volunteers handout 1,000 healthy meals a week to those in need.

Anyone can get involved with the program even if they are not a resident of Brooklyn. The North Brooklyn Angels are always looking for volunteers. This is an excellent opportunity for anyone who would like to be active in the community and help others in need.

Many college and high school students who are in need of community service hours come to volunteer despite not being from Brooklyn. The North Brooklyn Angels welcome anyone who would like to volunteer. Volunteers only need to signup online before they show up.

To find out more information about how you can make a difference, please visit www.northbrooklynangels.org. You can also follow them on Instagram, Facebook, & Twitter.

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